UH Hilo celebrates its spring 2020 graduates with virtual Commencement video

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo congratulates and honors its Spring 2020 graduates with a special virtual Commencement video, which will be available for viewing at: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/commencement/spring2020/. UH Hilo decided to postpone its traditional in-person ceremony, originally scheduled for May 16, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our students in particular have had to deal with so much this semester, and the Commencement Committee wanted to be sure our graduates were recognized, honored and celebrated for all of their accomplishments and hard work that got them to this day,” said Commencement Chair Lisa Spain. “Our virtual Commencement video is the result of many students, faculty and staff working hard to put this together to honor the Class of 2020.

“I wish the very best to all of our graduates, and thank everyone for such great teamwork,” she added.

Approximately 608 students petitioned for degrees and/or certificates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, Business and Economics, Pharmacy, Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, and for various post-graduate credentials.

The virtual Commencement video includes over 730 submissions from students, faculty, and staff, and congratulatory messages from Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin and the deans of each college.

Plans for an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 is underway and details will be shared at a later date.

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